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May/Jun 2017


Competence management in the offshore wind industry

Competence a key requirement within a tender for an offshore wind project?

Canyon Offshore T-1500 trencher

Subsea training specialist MTCS (UK) Ltd and Helix Canyon Offshore, the Aberdeen, UK-based supplier of subsea engineering services, are helping to promote competence management to the offshore wind industry. MTCS is looking to identify performance criteria relevant to a nationally agreed certification scheme.

The companies are keen to promote consistent standards across the industry, which in turn will assist all companies associated with wind energy applying for a Competence Certification scheme. The scheme will provide a defined set of performance criteria that a company must demonstrate and routes in which to do that, including relevant mapped training/assessment courses and an experienced worker route.

MTCS has conducted training and the verification of competence for Canyon Offshore in its ROV and trenching operations for more than 12 years – and, says MTCS, it could be argued that Canyon now leads the field in this critical requirement for personnel working in the offshore industry.


“Canyon Offshore has a proven track record of providing industry leading trenching and ROV services, where it aims to continue to enhance its existing operations and develop new and innovative subsea solutions across all sectors including offshore renewables, oil and gas and other subsea construction operations,” says MTCS. “Canyon Offshore plays a critical role in making new sources of renewable offshore energy available via proven subsea engineering techniques. The company’s state-of-the-art ROVs, T-1200 and T-1500 jet trenchers and its unique heavy soils ITrencher have successfully completed many offshore renewable projects including cable installation and burial, often in hostile shallow-water, high-current environments.”


John Allan, project resource manager for Canyon Offshore (Europe/West Africa Region), says: “We find the MTCS Competence scheme fits in well with our own training and safety initiatives. All clients now require demonstration of competency at all stages of a project and we find the MTCS Competence scheme allows us to do this. The Competence scheme contributes towards our goal of maintaining a safe, healthy and injury free workplace and assists us in providing safe and professional solutions for our clients.”

MTCS delivers training and competence services both in the UK and worldwide. It says its aim is to show the industry how a fully accredited Competence Management programme should work for the offshore wind farm and other relevant industries.


Richard Warburton, managing director for MTCS, says: “MTCS takes a proactive stance on the issue of competency to prevent and minimise current and future risks. This underpins our commitment to make the renewables sector a safe and responsible jurisdiction in which to do business. Both MTCS and Canyon Offshore take competence in safety critical, operational and technical activities very seriously and believe Competence certification is now a key requirement within a tender for any offshore project.”


Warburton says that by providing a full IMCA-aligned Competence Scheme Management service, MTCS ensures personnel are demonstrating competence in the offshore workplace. In addition, MTCS provides a spectrum of operational, technical and supervisory training to the offshore wind farm and the oil and gas industries, he adds.





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